Specialized Social Media: Part 3- Social Media for Religious Communities
In this series we have been looking a variety of social networking sites that have been aimed towards specific interests such as writing, the arts, and music but the field of specialized social media is ever growing and a lot of religious communities and organizations are starting to get in on the popularity of the social media craze while trying to fill a gap for many users whose needs are not, or can not, be met by some of the larger mainstream social networking sites.
With some of the larger, more popular social network sites you have several problems that are of concern to some users including the lack of family friendly content and the risk of exposing yourself or your child to offensive or harmful material that may be of particular concern to many families. Additionally, with such large sites it may often be difficult to find others in the crowd who share your particular religious or philosophical views. For these reasons, among others, we are seeing a few religious or ideological themed social networking sites springing up. After scouring the web for such communities these sites proved to be worth a look:
Jewish Social Networking Sites:
A social networking site that helps users connect to other Jewish members from around the world.
My J World:
A community web site and for personal networking or growing your business by connecting to a Jewish community where you can join clubs, explore videos, or just meet some interesting new people.
A great site for the Jewish community with easy to use features and over 800 members on an easy to use site.
Christian Social Networking Sites:
A unique social networking site for the Christian community where you can find churches and new ministries, submit and review prayer requests, and read the Bible online.
A fairly large christian social network with all the standard features, share videos, upload your photos, create groups, and connect with others.
My Faith Haven:
Easy to use Christian site that not only includes some of the traditional social networking features but also features a daily Bible verse and arcade.
My Godly Place:
Another site that aims to be a christian alternative to myspace boasting hundreds of members along with polls, forums, etc.
Another great alternative to the other sites that offer a â€œsafe and cleanâ€ environment for all of your social networking needs.
Blogs, music, chat, and more make this site an interesting choice for those looking for christian communities online.
A small but growing christian social network that is offering a family alternative to some of the more well known sites out there.
Messianic Social Networking Sites:
The Nazarite Site:
A social networking community for messianic believers as well as others in the religious community of Sabbath observant followers. Nice design and great features make this one a good choice.
Another small messianic social network worth checking out with customizable profile and easy to use features.
A teaching ministry and social network combined that describes itself as a â€œUnion of Two House Messianic Israelite and Evangelicalsâ€.
A small but interesting social network for those in the messianic community.
One to Watch: Another up and coming social networking site for the Messianic community is Kehila which is a brand new site accepting members now but plans to official launch at the end of the month so it might be worth checking out.
Christian and Jewish communities are not the only one getting into social networking as you can see with this popular Buddhist community with forums and plenty of interesting people to meet.
Whether it is offering a family friendly environment that you can feel good about your children using, giving you a chance to promote your ministry or service that is of interest to the religious community, or simply giving you an opportunity to connect with like minded individuals, these specialized social media networks are seeing some success and may be worth checking out and they are just the tip of the iceburg, so if you did not see your particular religion of choice featured here be sure to do some searching and you are sure to find a community that will fit your need for specialized social media. And do not forget that these communities can be a great way to promote your products or services that migh be of special interest to religious communities.